May 10, 2006 Subject:
What was once and now is gone
A fine film shot in the late 30s or early 40s with the great Lee Hays of the Weavers singing the theme song. He sang with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, along with Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman. Talks about the need for a Farmer's Union and cooperatives, the reasons for which are all as valid today as they were back then. Problem is the small family farmer lost out for all the reasons given here for organizing. From 25% of Americans on the land we're now down to single digits and farm country is losing population. Everything they fought against has now come true. Sad and bittersweet in retrospect.
August 28, 2004 Subject:
Farmer Brown Gets a Union
If you said that this hawking of farmer's union should begin with a folk song, well then you would be 2 steps ahead of me, because, yes, this hawking of farmer's union DOES begin with a folk song, then goes into how the farmer is pressurized almost non stop by big greasy city boys wanting to buy their farm and also also lamenting about the price of feed these days. The only way to resolve this is of course by an assembly of a union. It's an ok film, with some resemblences of a russian farm movie, you know what I'm talking about, but the 20 minute running time could have been shortened, and it's message driven home a lot more.